Fleetcheck calls for fleet mental health awareness in response to pandemic
27 January 2021
Author: Sean Keywood
Fleets need to be aware of the growing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health, and of subsequent driver safety risks that could arise, according to software firm Fleetcheck.
The firm's managing director, Peter Golding, cited a poll by Deltapoll for the Mail on Sunday showing 40% of people believed their mental health had got worse during the pandemic, which he described as the latest in a series of polls showing this effect.
He said: "We know that mental health problems of all kinds can have an impact on driver performance on the road. With people saying that feelings of anxiety, stress and depression are particularly apparent, there is a genuine case for fleets to take action.
"Essentially, employers should be fulfilling their basic requirement of checking that drivers are fit to drive and of course, their mental wellbeing should arguably be as much part of this assessment as if they had a physical problem.
"It should be taken as a given that anyone who feels that their mental health has deteriorated to a point where they should not be driving should be taken seriously, and employers should also make it clear that such situations will be dealt with sympathetically.
"Probably the starting point for most fleets would be to seek professional human resources and medical guidance in order to ask drivers a few questions regularly in order to flag up any immediate issues that need attention."
Golding added that Fleetcheck was looking at introducing basic mental health tools into its Vehicle inspection App.
He said: "We modified the app last year to cover coronavirus symptoms and now seems like a good moment to add further questions about mental health. We are taking advice and hope to be able to do this soon."